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I am very confused by Phrag culture

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    Default I am very confused by Phrag culture

    After having pored over the many Phrag posts I come away pretty confused. Here is a post I made 2 comments on:

    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...tml#post357478

    I have one Cautum hybrid and 1 Sargentium hybrid

    They are growing in some kind of oyster shell grit medium and have never bloomed for the person I received them from. I e-mailed the person today asking what culture they were growing them in, but have not yet received an answer.

    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...tml?highlight=

    I placed them in the brighter area of my window next to my Catts, I am wondering if the Sargentium should be placed elsewhere? I read an article to place the pot in a clay pot to keep the roots cool while the leaves were basking in the light, which i did.

    I really need help understanding these plants, thanks

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    I think you are doing fine with them. What is your concern?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    I think you are doing fine with them. What is your concern?
    The medium

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katherine View Post
    The medium
    I always say if the medium is talking with a dead relative...beware!!!
    LOL...but why don't you repot into bark mix or Semi hydroponic like Geoff and myself have done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    I always say if the medium is talking with a dead relative...beware!!!
    LOL...but why don't you repot into bark mix or Semi hydroponic like Geoff and myself have done.
    thank you do you have a good recipe? And do I plant them in the same stuff? Which is best bark or s/h?

    And should I keep the Sargentium with that Caudum?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katherine View Post
    thank you do you have a good recipe? And do I plant them in the same stuff? Which is best bark or s/h?

    And should I keep the Sargentium with that Caudum?
    S/H does not break down so repotting is less frequent. It does require making pots and finding a source for LECA

    I would keep both in bright light

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    Another option which I have found useful and easy to work with is rockwool. You can get this in cubes or as loose granules. The granules are harder to come by I think so maybe the cubes would work better. It is a spun rock made into a wool which is very absorbent and which doesn't retain nutrients. I grow all of my 10 Phrags in it - apart from my Tall Tails - and so far I have had brilliant results! I was scared to keep them in bark with a dish of water underneath them, semi hydro didn't appeal to me either so rockwool fit the bill. If you are happy to try semi hydro them go for it but if you are still unsure about it then maybe give rockwool cubes a go. Good luck.

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    medium grade bark mix is used by my friend who grows Paphs and Phrags for a living.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Susie11 View Post
    Another option which I have found useful and easy to work with is rockwool. You can get this in cubes or as loose granules. The granules are harder to come by I think so maybe the cubes would work better. It is a spun rock made into a wool which is very absorbent and which doesn't retain nutrients. I grow all of my 10 Phrags in it - apart from my Tall Tails - and so far I have had brilliant results! I was scared to keep them in bark with a dish of water underneath them, semi hydro didn't appeal to me either so rockwool fit the bill. If you are happy to try semi hydro them go for it but if you are still unsure about it then maybe give rockwool cubes a go. Good luck.
    I have no idea how you use the rock wool?

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    Hi Katherine. You just wet it like you normally do when watering your plants. It dries out slower than other mediums which helps to keep moisture in the mix. Maybe you should try bark first and see how you get on with that.
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